Grant Writing Internship with Media Charity

An opportunity to further develop your writing skills and to explore the fundraising landscape

If you’re a skilled writer, and you’d like to advance your craft further, here’s an opportunity to gain some practical experience in writing grant applications and funding proposals.

You’ll join Developing Radio Partners, a US-based nonprofit that runs media-focused projects across sub-Saharan Africa. DRP’s mission is to strengthen local radio and other media to address important issues impacting people’s lives. They do this by training local talent to become successful storytellers and broadcasters.

As a grant writing intern, you’ll focus on finding relevant funding opportunities, drafting applications and proposals, and putting impact reports together. It’s a wonderful opportunity to further develop your writing skills, to explore the fundraising landscape, and to contribute to an inspiring mission.

This grant writing internship is available remotely, so you can work from anywhere. The right candidate has excellent writing skills, an ability to work independently, and a hunger to learn about fundraising.

QUICK FACTS
Cape Town, South Africa
Environmental NGO
Facilitation, Research, Reporting, Monitoring, Education, Tree planting
8 Weeks
Varies
ORGANISATION

Developing Radio Partners (DRP) believes radio can change minds and lives. Driven by this premise, this nonprofit organization uses the medium of radio to bring reliable and important information to rural communities in Africa. In partnership with local broadcasters in Zambia, Malawi, and Burkina Faso, Developing Radio Partners help disseminate information on issues such as environment, agriculture, health, and governance. The broadcasts offer ideas and facts that can bring easy-to-implement solutions to everyday challenges, and improve people’s lives in significant ways.

Working in a solution-focused way, the DRP team thoroughly researches the needs of communities and its local radio stations, before developing skill-development programs in partnership with local journalists. Through weekly bulletins on relevant and practical topics, and by encouraging engagement through radio listening clubs, the right information reaches people who most need it.

Started in 2004 by one of the founders of National Public Radio in the United States, Developing Radio Partners is a well-established organization that has created tangible impact in many African communities.

TASKS & REQUIREMENTS
What you’ll do
  • As a grant writing intern, you’ll focus on the following work;
  • Doing fundraising research; finding suitable grant and other funding opportunities
  • Writing grant applications
  • Creating funding proposals
  • Assisting with writing impact reports
  • Potentially working on other writing projects
Requirements
  • Excellent and persuasive writing skills
  • Great research skills
  • Good time management skills
  • An ability to absorb material quite quickly
  • A passion for the work Developing Radio Partners does
WHERE YOU’LL STAY

This is a remote internship, so you can work from the comfort of your home. There might be the opportunity to work on the ground in 2022, if you’re interested. Please get in touch to discuss details of how this would work.

DATES & RATES

You can start your internship with this organization every week. Please keep in mind this organization is closed for several weeks of summer holiday at the end of the year.

What you’ll pay

Placement fee USD 475

What you are paying for:
  • Careful matchmaking. It takes time to find the right internship for each person, and we take this process very seriously.
  • Initial interview with one of our team to gauge your skills, interests, and desired learning outcomes.
  • An orientation program with your supervisor.
  • Regular check ins during your internship with you and your supervisor.
  • Your own account on a career development platform that offers content and courses focused on exploring different career opportunities
  • Troubleshooting if needed
  • A reference letter at the end of your internship

Optional extra:

Personal Development Sessions
To help you optimise your personal and professional development during your internship, we offer individual monthly sessions with a professional consultant. These 1,5-hour sessions offer opportunities to set goals, reflect on your experience, and ensure your internship will benefit your career as much as possible.
Monthly fee: USD 65
Workshop: Exploring the Nonprofit Landscape
To give you a full understanding of the nonprofit sector in Africa, we offer one-off individual online workshops by a South African digital marketing and fundraising specialist. You’ll learn about the needs of the nonprofit sector, best practices in nonprofit management, and sustainability of fundraising initiatives. You’ll also be given a large amount of useful resources.
Workshop fee: USD 65
QUICK FACTS
Remote
Radio nonprofit
Research, Reports, Funding proposal, Grant writing 
Min. 8 Weeks
USD 475
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING

While my internship was virtual and therefore from home, I truly loved the organization I got to work for. Being small and close-knit, I really felt like an integral part of the team and that my contribution mattered. I got to develop skills such as data analyzing which I had never done before, and which will help me greatly in the future. If possible, I would love to intern with Roots again as they connect you with organizations that otherwise might not be accessible

Isabella, United Kingdom, Remote Monitoring & Evaluation
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INTERNSHIP HIGHLIGHTS
  • Boost your resume and sharpen your writing skills by writing grant applications and funding proposals
  • Get a thorough understanding of the fundraising landscape
  • Contribute to the development of inspiring nonprofit work in developing countries
  • Be a big part of a small team and really see the results of your work
  • Have the flexibility to work from home
Placement fee USD 475

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APPLYING
How to apply?

If you’re ready to apply for this internship, here’s what to do:

  1. Fill in the application form (it will show in a new screen) and send your CV to info@rootsinterns.com.
  2. We’ll set up a call with you to go through your application.
  3. If we feel it’s a good match, we’ll set up a call between you and the supervisor for this internship.
  4. If everyone’s happy, we’ll provisionally confirm your placement! We’ll then send you the invoice for the deposit, get started with a detailed booking form, and we’ll give you all the information you need to prepare for your upcoming adventure.
  5. Only once we receive payment of the deposit your placement will be confirmed.

Or if you’d just like to ask us some questions about this internship first, just fill in the contact form on the right. We’ll be happy to assist!

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